It’s been exactly a week since we left my parents today and three days since I broke the news to the kids. In exactly 7 weeks to the day, we must be out of our home.
My biggest fear in all of this was that I would make an unwise move both emotionally for the kids (like moving them away from their comfort area so unexpectedly,) logically (moving so far out that the time spent in the car commuting to activities would be counter to any savings,) or financially (committing to too much because of the rush, just to have the security.) My friends continued to send me an overwhelming number of places that they thought would work for us…often times they were comic relief!
- Sending me a 3 bedroom, $500/month rental sounded great until you read the fine print that they were only renting a room for that amount.
- A beautiful piece of land, super cheap that had an existing building on the premises…it was a church and the land was zoned as a commercial property.
It was stressful and nerve racking, but some amazing things began to happen.
First, my kids immediately began to embrace what was coming. They rested assured in my promises and began to share the news that we were moving.
Second, my heart full of anger and hurt opened. This curse was truly a blessing in disguise, immediately relieving me of my debt to my dad as the selling price for the home will surely before more than that total. The weight of that debt was enormous emotionally. And I began to open myself to the possibilities of truly going anywhere after this promised year.
So as I started really evaluating what was to come I knew three things:
- I need less stress in my life.
- I need less financial obligations in my life.
- No matter where we go, we will be alright, the kids will be alright.
So as of an hour ago, I received the call. We have been approved for a 2 bedroom apartment, literally just 3 miles away from our home. They will take our big dogs. They are right next door to our favorite playground, across the street from some fun stores to visit and have a dog bark park across the street from our soon to be apartment home.
Not only will my monthly financial obligation drop by several hundred dollars every month between lower rent and less utilities, but because we are moving in the fall when fewer people move…we got a fabulous move in special.
This concludes today’s housing drama. I hope I have been clear and attempted to be as forthright and transparent as I could without compromising my dad’s privacy. I took my younger two to see our new apartment yesterday…they are ecstatic. I think this new chapter in our lives with be a positive thing for us all. The twins are very happy that if we have to move, at least we are moving somewhere that they can still walk to visit their neighborhood friends, not to mention, there’s a Gamestop within a stone’s there. I know there will still be some emotional fall out for all of us. It will be very hard to say goodbye to this home where our family was built, but I am certain that we are moving in the right direction for our financial freedom! Thanks for your patience with me.
Debt update coming in the next couple of days….